Making a Difference: Somerset County group delivers cheer at Christmas
SOMERSET - Dressed like Santa's elves, some men and women are working hard to bring Christmas cheer to those who need it the most.
Boxes of apples, bananas and oranges at a warehouse are being assembled by volunteers with SOS Secret Santa, a nonprofit known for its random acts of kindness in Somerset County.
"Meyersdale, Salisbury, Berlin, Boswell -- wherever the smiles take the group," says Tammy Bailey, president and co-founder of the organization.
"You never know when we're coming."
Bailey says every month they surprise people of all age groups with something different.
It could be paying for their meal at a restaurant or gas at a gas station.
This month, they're delivering 500 bags of fruit donated from a local market.
"It's five pieces of fruit. They can eat it over time or share it with someone," says Valerie Woy, secretary of the group.
Organizers say they don't ask for anything in return because the smiles are more than enough.
"It’s just so fulfilling, it makes you feel so good inside and it gives you a sense of purpose," says volunteer Kathi Howrylak
“A lot of joy and you just feel the love coming from the community when we're out and about,” Bailey says.